10 Things to Do With Chicken Leg Quarters
These little bargain beauties routinely come in 10-pound bags for a fabulous price. Here are 10 things you can do with chicken leg quarters to help stretch your family's grocery budget. (See also: How to Pinch Your Poultry Pennies)
Chop up leftover, de-boned chicken and heat up in a frying pan with 8 ounces or so of tomato sauce and some taco seasoning. Serve with all of the usual taco items such as chopped lettuce, shredded cheese, black olives, etc. Here's a bulk recipe for homemade tortilla mix that will keep things even more frugal on the home front.
Chicken Pot Pie
This down home, frugal family favorite is very inexpensive and uses thrifty vegetable choices as well such as carrots, onions and celery. Using leftover meat from a large batch of chicken leg quarters makes it even more affordable. Here's a simple recipe for chicken pot pie we use at our house.
There are more recipe options for this than I could possibly list in one posting. However, Katie Lee over at Chaos in the Kitchen stepped up with two. Here are her recipes for homemade tortilla soup with chicken and traditional chicken soup.
I make chicken, cheese, and pesto calzones. OK, the pesto isn't exactly a penny pinching item if you don't make and can your own. But this recipe idea is a way to put a little pizazz into your family's weekly menu without completely breaking the bank.
Mix in that leftover chopped chicken with some refried beans and use to fill a tortilla. Accent with your favorite Mexican style toppings. Burritos are just one more of the many affordable meals you can make with tortillas.
What are some of the yummy gourmet pizza ideas you've seen using chicken? Try them out at home! BBQ sauce instead of the traditional Italian red? Alfredo? Pesto? Get creative. Here are several alternative pizza sauce ideas to get you started, as well as a bulk dry mix recipe for homemade pizza crust.
Mix with some yogurt and your favorite Greek style seasoning mix and serve in a pita bread. Here's a recipe for Turkish tzatziki sauce you could use for a slightly different flavor.
Use with black beans and corn to give a Mexican feel to your green salad, try your hand at a homemade chicken Caesar, or go traditional with a basic chef's salad. Here's a recipe for a yummy chipotle chicken salad using homemade tortilla strips.
This is a dirt cheap way to have an ethnic meal for dinner for around 15 cents per serving. Here's an inspiring fried rice article from Chaos in the Kitchen.
Your Basic Lunch Sandwich
Pair up your sliced chicken with some crisp greens and pre-cooked bacon for a yummy club sandwich. Here are some additional sandwich ideas for you die-hard bread fans out there. You'll be brown bagging it in style.
A tip for using the large bags of chicken leg quarters is to pre-cook them. You can either bake up the whole batch at once and de-bone after they've cooled, or bake up a few for a more traditional meat and potato dinner and just put in 2-3 extra legs for use throughout the week. If you really want to squeeze a penny until it cries, boil instead of bake the chicken when you pre-cook. You'll have homemade soup stock ready to go!